Northrop Grumman MEV-2 docks again for Satellite life-extension services

Northrop Grumman is claiming it has made history with the Docking of a second “Mission Extension Vehicle” to extend the life of an Intelsat satellite. Both the companies suggest the successful docking paves the way for future on-orbit and life-extension services. Northrop Grumman (via its wholly-owned subsidiary, SpaceLogistics LLC) completed the docking of the Mission ...

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Renesas expands RL78 MCUs

Renesas has begun mass production of its 16-bit general-purpose RL78/G23 MCU, further adding to its RL78 Family of 8-bit and 16-bit MCUs for a broad range of applications. Compatible with Renesas’ current general-purpose RL78 MCUs, such as the RL78/G13, the RL78/G23 increased the on-chip flash memory capacity to 768 KB and substantially expanded on-chip peripheral ...

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Digi-Key takes Bluetooth Option to preserve safe distancing

Digi-Key has highlighted how it turned to Bluetooth, and a LoRa network, to ensure safe distancing procedures for all employees in its product distribution center (PDC). Each employee is issued with an Option badge, which interact wirelessly with other such badges and also a cloud platform that can maintain contact tracing information. This improves the ...

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Sponsored Content: Clea – tailor-made AI for your products

Clea is the suite solution that integrates Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, and Big Data Analysis in a single service. A truly integrated Suite of Artificial Intelligence services within the reach of all businesses, large and small. It is launched by SECO Mind, the division that brings together SECO Group’s skills and ...

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2020 semi revenues up 10.4%

2020 semiconductor revenues totaled $466.2 billion, an increase of 10.4% from 2019, according to Gartner. “Memory, GPUs and 5G chipsets led semiconductor growth, driven by hyperscale, PC, ultramobile and 5G handset end-market demand, while automotive and industrial electronics suffered due to lower spending or a pause in spending owing to COVID-19,” says vp Andrew Norwood. Intel ...

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The Grace of Huang

Nvidia is planning an Arm-based server CPU to take on Xeon and Epyc launching in 2023. The chip will be called Grace, after Grace Hopper, and is targeting a 10x speed advantage compared to x86-based systems. Initial customers, says Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, will be the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) and Los Alamos National ...

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Synchrotrons shed light on degrading fast-charge li-ion batteries

Finding out why fast-charge li-ion batteries degrade has been helped by machine learning techniques using Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source –  a synchrotron that produces light ranging from the infrared to X-rays to perform chemical imaging. Researchers also employed  X-ray diffraction at another synchrotron – SLAC’s Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource – which attempted to recreate the ...

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Trends in EVs and chargers

The market for plug-in EVs will reach about 24.5 million vehicles in 2026, says Yole Developpement, and the market value of DC chargers will reach almost $18.5 billion by 2026 with a CAGR of 18.5%. The total market value of power electronic devices for DC chargers will grow with a CAGR2020-2026 of 21.5%. Technology trends are: ...

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Exolaunch set to introduce a Space Tug programme

The Berlin-based Exolaunch – which specialises in launch and rideshare services and small satellite deployment – has introduced what it describes as an eco-friendly space tug programme. According to the company, this features a new orbital transfer vehicle (OTV) – dubbed Reliant – that will launch satellites to custom orbits in an “environmentally responsible way”. ...

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Radio module for Wirepas mesh networks

Würth Elektronik has launched Thetis-I, a ready-to-use radio module for Wirepas mesh networks and suitable for IoT device manufacturers. Networks with technology from Wirepas, the Finnish software provider, are self-healing and freely scalable. Each device with a Thetis-I radio module can also act as a router which means no further infrastructure is required for mesh ...

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